TOWN OF LISBON — Despite the
objections of about a half-dozen neighbors, town officials are in
the process of approving land use plan and zoning changes for a
proposed 125-acre business park development on the southwest border
of the town and village of Sussex.
However, final approval of the changes is contingent upon the town
and village agreeing to amend a nearly 20-year-old border agreement
between the two municipalities.
According to the agreement, residential development is supposed to
be the future use of a 75-acre farm owned by the Brown family
located in the southwest corner of the town between Richmond and
Lisbon (Hwy KE) roads.
However, the town plan commission last week approved changing the
land use and zoning to allow Wangard Real Estate Development of
Milwaukee to use 55 acres to construct the second phase of the
Highland Business Park.
The remaining 20 acres would be used for residential and
conservation purposes, according to Mark Lake, vice president of
planning and development for Wangard.
Lake explained Highland Business Park, Phase I, is presently under
construction immediately east of the farm on about 70 acres of land
in Sussex on the northwest corner of the intersection of Hwy 164 and
About a half-dozen residents living along Richmond Road objected to
the land use and zoning changes during a public hearing on Sept. 12.
They argued that when they moved to Lisbon they intended to live in
a rural residential community and not in the vicinity of a business
They expressed concerns that the noise and light pollution generated
by the business park would interfere with their quality of life.
They pointed out the town had established a land use plan and zoning
code in the neighborhood that had assured them properties adjacent
to them would be residential in the future.
Town Chairman Joe Osterman conceded the residents had a legitimate
complaint regarding the land use change but argued the development
would bring jobs to the community and the plan commission and town
board could impose restrictions on business and light industrial
uses in the park.
Other plan commissioners said they were willing to support the land
use changes because the developers were keeping the 20 acres in the
northwest corner of the site for residential and conservation uses.
The commissioners argued that would provide a buffer between the
residents living on Richmond Road and the business park.
The commission’s recommendations must be approved by the board and
changes in the land use plan must also be approved by the Waukesha
Osterman emphasized the border agreement with Sussex would have to
be amended and added Sussex officials were questioning whether the
town was trying to violate the border agreement with the land use
and zoning code changes.
“We do not want to violate the border agreement and we do not want
to be accused of violating the border agreement,” explained
Commissioner Ed Nelson.